For Those About to Blog …

… we salute you! (Some CDG Committee members do like their AC/DC).


Really, though, we do salute you. Blogging is a great way to express your thoughts, share your expertise and make a difference by inspiring and helping those around you (in our case, information professionals). After meeting so many of you at Library Camp Ireland and other events, and from talking and engaging with some of you on Twitter we know how enthusiastic you all are! We’re the same! The CDG was originally created to promote opportunities for members to network and discuss issues around career development and job opportunities, to establish links between employers and information professionals, and to help the Library Association of Ireland to promote professional standards and continuing professional development.


One of the ways we’ve attempted to address all this is by setting up this blog to promote events and to discuss those issues affecting librarians and information professionals in the current job environment. Being realistic, however, we know that a small Committee cannot cover every aspect of librarianship and library career development, despite being a fairly diverse group of individuals. That’s why we want to invite all of those interested to make submissions to this blog.

We will consider a variety of topics and are looking at the following in particular: non-traditional (and traditional!) work opportunities and skills; CV and interview tips; career and professional development in libraries (or elsewhere); alternative funding models for job creation; how to freelance; self-employment tax issues and the value and importance of LIS professionals and libraries generally. If you want to discuss these issues or anything else relating to career development in libraries, send us an email with the word BLOG in the subject line. We would be delighted to hear from you!


Library Camp Ireland 2013: The Aftermath, or a Tale of Cake

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Happy July, everyone! It’s been some time since we last updated the CDG blog – shame on us! A lot has happened since then, including the wonderful Libcamp 2013 and all the Libcamp cake! We have finally recovered from the sugar high and want to give a huge thank you to everyone who attended. It was a fantastic day and we were delighted that so many information professionals from all over Ireland attended. The day was a success because of the people who came to mingle, discuss all things library and eat cake. Thank you all!

We won’t go into too much detail about the events of the day here as many of the Libcamp attendees have written fantastic blogs detailing the different pitches, their thoughts on our venue, The Chocolate Factory, and what they took away from the day. Links to these blogs are now available on the Libcamp 2013 event archive along with the day’s Twitter archive and photos. Head on over there for a full review of what was an informative, positive day, full of energy, ideas and lots and lots of cake.

We do, however, want to say thank you to all those who pitched: John McManus who spoke about MARC; Michelle Dalton and Jane Burns who spoke about publishing in libraries and OALIS and An Leabharlann in particular; Helen Kielt who spoke about libraries and mental health and organised the Libcamp Ireland’s first speed networking session; Laura Rooney Ferris, Aoife Connolly and Marie Cullen who spoke about professional development; Emmet Keoghan who led a discussion on library qualifications and what skills we need to succeed in the current jobs environment; and Peter Dudley, Siobhán Dunne & Paraic Elliott who spoke about augmented reality apps in libraries.

asl logoLibcamp Ireland would not have been possible without the support of the Academic and Special Libraries Section of the LAI. It was a real privilege for us to work with such an enthusiastic, hard-working and genuinely fab group of information professionals. The A&SL run some great events themselves, one of which we have detailed here, so head on over and check them out on Twitter if you have not already done so!

We hope that everyone who came had a great day, had an opportunity to talk with other like-minded people about professional issues and took away some new ideas about libraries and librarianship. This was Ireland’s first ever Library Camp and we look forward to many, many more!